Spring Break, Day 2: Site Visits

Day 2 of Charlie's Spring Break brought more rain and still more rain, so that the mega-puddle I encountered on my walk from the Journal Square PATH station to my college became a mini lagoon (and I showed up for Tuesday morning classes with dripping wet corduroys thanks to the strong wind that picked up … Continue reading

Spring Break, Day 1: The Great Communicator

Monday was Day 1 of Charlie's Spring Break. Monday being the day when I teach pretty much straight through the hours of 9am – 3pm, yesterday was very much a "dad 'n' son" morning and afternoon.  Charlie went to sleep past 11pm on Sunday and we figured he'd sleep in. Silly us: He woke at 6am … Continue reading

Against the Wind

 It was Jim's birthday yesterday so obviously we had to celebrate by going to our family's favorite place. Yes, the beach. This particular beach is where we've spent two weeks almost every summer since Charlie was born. It was Jim's favorite-est place first, as he used to vacation there when a child.   Clearly the … Continue reading

Impromptu

Charlie wanted a ride in the early afternoon, after lunch and a bike ride during which he pedaled superfast, Jim right behind him (pedaling equally fast). We got into the white car and talked about driving a few towns over through a park where Charlie went on some of his first biking adventures. (Walkers and … Continue reading

Impromptu

Charlie wanted a ride in the early afternoon, after lunch and a bike ride during which he pedaled superfast, Jim right behind him (pedaling equally fast). We got into the white car and talked about driving a few towns over through a park where Charlie went on some of his first biking adventures. (Walkers and … Continue reading

Yes We Are the Weird Ones

 Many of us who travel in what I've sometimes called Autismland know the story "Welcome to Holland." Raising an autistic child is compared to traveling to a country you didn't expect you'd end up in, and finding the experience, while different, highly worthwhile. Having thought you were going to Italy, you end up in Holland; you are … Continue reading

A Short Visit to an Old Haunt

 Jim gave a lecture at my college last night. Charlie had had another good day at school (only wearing the helmet now from 8.45 – 10am; liking art class) so, after filling the white car with gas, we headed onto the Garden State Parkway and over the Pulaski Skyway to Jersey City. I parked and … Continue reading

Two Small Adventures (with watermelon & a tire)

 Ah, motherhood, what will you have me doing next. How about single-handedly putting a slice of watermelon into a plastic bag while driving on the highway? I speed-shop (bagels for Charlie's breakfast—they are just no good if not fresh—and watermelon) at the sprawling supermarket 5 minutes from his school, and then drive to the Big … Continue reading

There’s Drama and There’s Drama

 School starts for Charlie at 8.45am but yesterday we weren't in the car until almost 8.30. It takes us around 40 minutes to get to school, with morning commute traffic, so we were clearly going to be late (not to mention, I was guaranteed to be late for my first class). Charlie had woken around … Continue reading

Marking Time

 In preparing for the Greece trip, I put a mental "not thinking about this till after we get back" note on a number of things. Consequently, I just realized that Charlie has Spring Break next week: I knew this would fall around Easter and I knew Easter is April 4th, but now I know, no … Continue reading

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